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Ecotourism Tour Guide 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Ecotourism Tour Guide 100 Hours Certificate Course

Ecotourism Tour Guide course online. Ecotourism is an industry that has developed hugely in recent years. It reflects both of the aims of modern conservation: management of resources and protection of the environment. Modern ecotourism strives to be sustainable, so that the activities that are taking place can continue to do so.

This course develops your ability to organise and conduct ecotourism services including tours and activities. This could range from guided tours, overnight walks and treks, or self guided interpretive walks. Ecotourism is the combination of Ecology and Tourism. Ecotourism is an industry that has developed hugely in recent years.It reflects both of the aims of modern conservation: husbandry of resources and protection of the environment. Modern ecotourism strives to be sustainable, so that the activities that are taking place can continue to do so. This course will introduce you to some of the aspects of ecotourism guiding including environmental awareness, planning tours,displays and interpretive aids, plant and animal interpretation.

This course will introduce you to aspects of ecotourism such as guiding environmental awareness, planning tours,displays and interpretive aids, plant and animal interpretation.


Learning Goals:  Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
  • Provide a basic grounding in the administrative matters behind an ecotourism venture, including safety, legal considerations and profitability
  • Understand and discuss the importance of interpretive services in ecotourism
  • Understand the basics of ecosystem function and conservation
  • Become familiar with the basic ways in which plants and animals can be classified and identified
  • Identify geological and geomorphological factors of interest to ecotourists
  • Develop innovative concepts in interpretation for a selected aquatic ecotourism activity
  • Develop innovative concepts in interpretation for a selected ecotourism activity in a land environment
  • Plan an ecotour
  • Develop a display with an ecotourism theme
  • Lead an interpretive tour with an ecotourism theme


Lesson Structure:  Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301

There are 10 lessons:

1  Ecotourism Basics

  • What is Ecotourism
  • What is Negative Ecotourism?
  • Education and Ecotourism
  • Ecoutourist: A Profile
  • Administrative Concerns: Value for Money, Permits, Public Liability Insurance
  • Controlling participants in ecotour activities
  • Guidelines for Wilderness Safety: Dos and Don'ts
  • Water Activities
  • Wild Animals
  • Exposure to Weather and Natural Forces
  • Interptretive Collection
  • Plants
  • Animal/Bird/Insect Sampling Options
  • Some Different Ways You Might Find Specimins
  • Collection Sheet Example

2  Interpretation Services in Ecotourism 

  • Interpretation as a Key Element of Ecotourism
  • Techniques of Interpretation in Parks: Personal Services, Non-Personal Services, Factors Influencing the Type of Interpretative Technique
  • Sign Design: 1 Administrative Signs 2 Interpretive Signs
  • Advantages of Signs
  • Disadvantages of Signs
  • Good Presentation Skills
  • Terminology
  • Clarification
  • Topics and Themes
  • Researching Material
  • How to Remember Your Material
  • Involving Your Audience
  • Where Do You Go?
  • Accessibility
  • Routes
  • What Makes a Good Route?
  • What Makes a Good Stopping Point?
  • How Far and How Long?
  • Safety and Comfort
  • Making Walk Accessible to All
  • Walks for the Visually Impaired
  • Environmental Trails: Why Trailing?

3  Ecology and Conservation

  • Ecology: Commonly Used Terms
  • The Ecosystem
  • Ecological Concepts
  • The Web of Life
  • Habitat and Niche
  • Humans in the Environment
  • Land Environments
  • Types of Plant Associations
  • Examples of Plant Associations
  • Conservation
  • The Goals of Conservation
  • Natural Resources
  • Renewable Resources
  • Non-renewable Resources

4  Plant and Animal Classification and Identification

  • Classification of Organisms
  • Classification of Animals
  • Classification of Plants
  • Viruses - The Odd One Out?
  • Using Keys to Identify Organisms
  • An Easy Key to Plant Groups
  • Key to Lamiaceae
  • Other Ways of Identifying
  • Set Reading
  • Australian Animals Case Study: e.g. Australian Ecotourism: Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Wallabies, Wombat, Emus etc. 

5  Geology/Geomorphology

  • Introduction
  • Tourism and Geology
  • The Basics of Continental Drift
  • Glaciers
  • Earthquakes
  • Earthquake Occurrence
  • Volcanoes: e.g. Krakatoa, Mt St Helens, Mount Vesuvius, Mount Fuji
  • Geology Basics: Minerals and Rocks, Classification of the Main Rock Forming Minerals
  • Types of Rock: Igneous rocks, Sedimentary, Metamorphic
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Mechanical Weathering
  • Chemical Weathering
  • Soils: Factors Affecting Soil Development, Parent Material, Time, Climate, Life forms, Slope, Soil Profile, Soil Classification and Description

6  Interpreting Aquatic Environments

  • Marine Environments
  • Freshwater Environments
  • Fish
  • Shells
  • Crustaceans
  • Aquatic Environmnets
  • Aquatic Animals
  • Sponges
  • Corals
  • Jellyfish
  • Flatworms
  • Molluscs
  • Insects
  • Sea urchins
  • Star fish
  • Chordates (Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Mammals)
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Common Aquatic Plants Found in Ponds: Oxygenating Plants, Deep Water Aquatic Plants, Shallow Water Aquatic Plants  
  • Freshwater Ferns

7 Interpreting Land Environments

  • Interpreting Processes
  • Forces that might have shaped a local environment: Weathering, Mass Wasting, Erosion, Glaciers, Streams
  • Rainforests
  • Savannas
  • Alpine Environments
  • Deserts: Plant and Animal Adaptations to the Desert
  • Archaelogical Sites: e.g. Egypt – Abu Simbel, South America – Machu Picchu
  • Disaster Zones: e.g. Japan – Hiroshima
  • Interpretation and Changing Attitudes 
  • Communicating Attitudes and Values

8  Planning an Ecotour

  • Introduction
  • Destination
  • Guidelines for Ecotourists
  • Safety
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Leadership Concepts For Ecotour Guides
  • Qualities of a Professional Recreational Leader
  • Leadership Communication
  • Leadership Responsibilities
  • What is Recreation?
  • The Environment: Quality of the Environment, Recreational impacts on the environment 

9  Ecotour Displays

  • Zoo Design Concepts: Walk Through Enclosure, Open Range Exhibits, Nocturnal and Diurnal Displays, Systematic Theme, Zoogeographic Theme, Bioclimatic Theme
  • Other Options

10 Leading an Ecotour 

  • Preliminary Research
  • Open and Closed Plant Communities
  • Semi-natural vegetation
  • Dominant Species
  • Competition
  • Environmental Stress
  • Succession of Plant Communities
  • Edge effects
  • Preliminary Visit
  • Assessing Risks
  • Advertising
  • Initial Preparation of the Tour Group: Preparing For Responsible Behaviour
  • Preparing Material
  • Types of Audiences
  • What You Need to Know About Your Audience
  • What Can They Do?
  • Why Do They Want to Come?
  • When Do You Do It?
  • Introductory Talk

Practical: Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
  • An ability to analyse the structure of interpretive ecotourism in your country.
  • To recognise factors of the environment and their significance to ecotourism.
  • To plan an ecotour.
  • Create/develop interpretation aids for a selected ecotourism activity.
  • Develop a display with an ecotourism theme.
  • Determine the specific name of a range of natural features in a selected wilderness area including:
    • Birds
    • Fish
    • Shells
    • Other animals
    • Plants
  • Lead an interpretive tour with an ecotourism theme.
  • Develop innovative concepts in interpretation for a selected aquatic ecotourism activity.
  • Develop innovative concepts in interpretation for a selected ecotourism activity in a land environment.
  • Determine the specific name of a range of natural features in a selected wilderness area including, where appropriate:
    • Fossils
    • Rocks
    • Land formations
    • Soil types
    • Geothermal features
  • With each assignment you will be required to prepare identification sheets, containing a preserved specimen, a photograph or a drawing; together with a description of the species/type of organism.
    This collection is designed to be the embryo of a resource which you may use as an ongoing aid when designing and conducting interpretive activities.
  • You will research the legal and administrative background required to set up an ecotourism venture in your area. You will also look at the marketing and advertising possibilities for this venture.
  • Visit a number of interpretive ecotourism facilities.
  • Prepare an interpretive activities sheet for an ecotourism group.
  • Visit a natural area and classify organisms sighted in a set time period.
  • Identify points of interest in a natural area for an ecotourism group.
  • Research the lifecycles of a number of plants and animals.
  • Design a range of ecotours for ecotourists interested in various natural phenomena.
  • Visit an aquatic environment and make observations on the organisms there and any pollution present.
  • Identify potential ecotourism activities for a marine area.
  • Develop interpretive techniques for minimal environmental impact.
  • Attend an ecotour to assess the quantity and quality of information provided.
  • Plan an ecotour including the destination, accommodation, transport, catering.
  • Construct an ecotour display.
  • Plan and lead an ecotour to a group of ecotourists or acquaintances.


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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
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